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Gohan

孫 悟飯
Son Gohan
Anime name Gohan
Manga name Son Gohan
The Great Saiyaman
Alternate names The Gold Fighter
The Golden Warrior

Appears in
Race 1/2 Saiyan-1/2 Human
Date of birth May 11, 757 A.D.
Family  Future Gohan (Alternate timeline counterpart)
 Future Trunks (Student, alternate timeline)
 Grandpa Gohan (Adoptive great-grandfather)
 Goku (Father)
 Chi-Chi (Mother)
 Piccolo (Surrogate father/Mentor)
 Goten (Brother)
 Videl (Wife)
 Pan (Daughter)
 Ox King (Maternal Grandfather)
 Bardock (Paternal Grandfather)
 Raditz (Uncle)
 Mr. Satan (Father-in-Law)
 Goku Jr. (Great-Grandson)
 Cell (modified clone)
"I know your kind. You think you can waltz in and just take our planet. But you forgot
one thing, I'm my father's son!"
— Bojack Unbound

Gohan (孫 悟飯, Son Gohan) He is the first son of Goku and Chi-Chi and the first half-
breed Saiyan. He is named after Goku's adoptive Grandpa Gohan. Gohan's name is a
homophone for gohan (御飯), the Japanese word for cooked rice which also refers to
meals in general. In Mandarin, the reading of 悟飯 is homophone for 午飯 (wûfàn),
meaning lunch.

Gohan is a shy and studious intellectual, and as a child lacks the Saiyan fighting spirit. He
must utilize his remarkable half-breed Saiyan potential and emotional reserves to protect
those he loves, becoming one of the most powerful Z Fighters. As an adult, he abandons
his superhero duties and uses his mind, as a premier scholar of the Dragon World.

Personality

Gohan, being only half-Saiyan, is unusual in his values and personality. These unique
values and personality separate him from pure Saiyans; as powerful as he is, he does not
like fighting much. However, when he is forced to fight, he shows special interest in
protecting his family and friends. Like his father, Gohan has a pure and gentle heart.
Besides concerning himself with his family (and his studies), Gohan has a strong
attachment with his mentor: his father's former archrival named Piccolo. Piccolo was
forced to train Gohan after the death of Goku. At first the relationship with Piccolo is a
frightening one, but after just one year Piccolo admits his change because of the
friendship he develops with Gohan and even sacrifices himself to save the boy. He can be
considered as a surrogate father for Gohan. Krillin also has influence on Gohan, as almost
an uncle/nephew relationship, mainly because Krillin is Goku's closest friend.
Gohan as a baby.
Hidden power

Gohan's hidden power.


As a child, Gohan is known to have within him a seemingly limitless dormant power,
which at first only revealed itself when he experienced fierce rage. As he got older, he
trained hard and gained access to a large portion of his power, and it was not until he was
a young adult that his power was fully awakened and he was able to use it all at his own
will. He displays exceptional power at a very young age, even surpassing his father Goku
and saving the world from the evil Cell at only ten years old (nine in the manga, though
he spent nearly a year inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber). Gohan's latent power is
finally released to its fullest extent in the Fusion Saga, making him the second strongest Z
Fighter in the manga (behind Vegito), and the strongest character in the manga to be
unaided by fusion or absorption as stated by Akira Toriyama.[citation needed] It should be noted
that from all the Z fighters, Gohan has surpassed Goku the most times. Although it
should be noted that in the Anime sequel Dragon ball GT it is quite likely that Super
Saiyan 4 Goku surpasses Gohan as Earth's strongest warrior though this does not effect
the Original Manga as Dragon Ball GT was not created by Toriyama.

Appearance
Most of Gohan's appearances throughout the series
Gohan's appearance changes drastically through Dragon Ball Z, due to the fact that the
series starts out with him as a child and ends when he is fully grown, married, and with a
child of his own. But Gohan's basic physical appearance pretty much stays the same
through the course of the series. Gohan has black hair and black eyes, he also has his
mother's light peach complexion, rather than his father's light tan. Gohan also is quite
muscularly developed for his age.

When Gohan is first introduced, he wears a child's outfit with his family name, 'Son'
written on the front, and his hat has the Four-Star Dragon Ball attached to it, the same
Dragon Ball in which Goku believed that his grandpa's spirit resided.

Gohan's original appearance


While training with Piccolo, he wears an outfit similar to Goku's original, with the 'Ma'
symbol King Piccolo wore. After training with Piccolo he has a mullet-type haircut and
dons similar attire to the Namek warrior which he continues to wear until the end of the
Captain Ginyu Saga, after which he wears Saiyan-style armor given to him by Vegeta. By
the Cell Saga tournament he still wears the Piccolo-styled clothing, though his hair is
styled in a more wild way due to it being self-cut. While training in the Hyperbolic Time
Chamber, he begins wearing Saiyan training gear but again reverts to Piccolo's clothing
before facing Cell.

As a teenager he alternates between a school uniform, his Great Saiyaman costume, a


blue gi similar to the Piccolo clothing (except larger in size), a replica of the gi his father
Goku wore while he was alive, prior to the Majin Buu Saga, and the Kai clothing given to
him by Kibito. His hair is much shorter and stands on end in a spiky formation.

In Dragon Ball GT he is usually seen dressed as like a professor or a businessman, in a


suit and a tie. He also wears eyeglasses, even though he shows no sign of actually
needing them, due to the fact that he doesn't need them to fight. It is possible, however,
that these are reading glasses of some kind, as opposed to general corrective glasses.
When facing Omega Shenron, Gohan wears a gi resembling that of the ones Goku used to
wear.

History

Gohan was born on May 11, 757 A.D., about a year after Goku and Chi Chi married
following the conclusion of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. As later revealed in
a flashback, as a newborn he went on for a time without a name until Goku's
grandfather's name was mentioned, which Gohan liked. His early childhood was a
pampered one, unlike his father's. His life was relatively well-balanced with a loving
family and a nice home. Gohan was well-adjusted and intelligent, but unlike his father as
a child, he lacked any affection for fighting and was easily scared at a level that most
normal children would be. However, he still possessed a strong urge to protect those he
loved and in desperate times was able to unleash an incredible level of power that
outclassed even experienced Saiyan warriors like his uncle Raditz. His childhood ended
quickly as he was drawn into training with Piccolo and forced to battle against the
Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa.

Dragon Ball Z
Vegeta Saga

Gohan delivers a devastating blow to Raditz.


Despite Goku's protests, Chi-Chi home-schooled Gohan to be a scholar until he was four,
before Goku took him to Kame Island to introduce him to Master Roshi, Bulma and
Krillin. At this time he is shown as a shy but very smart boy who also has a tail like Goku
once had. Goku's brother Raditz soon arrived looking for his brother, and kidnapped
Gohan. It was during this time that Raditz discovered that Gohan was potentially far
stronger than Goku himself.

During the battle between Goku, Raditz, and Piccolo, Gohan became angry and broke
free of the space pod he was being held captive in. He delivered a devastating blow to
Raditz, giving Goku and Piccolo time to kill the evil alien, though Goku died in the
process as well.
Gohan finally beats the dinosaur.
After the battle with Raditz, Piccolo, having seen Gohan's power first hand, decided to
take Gohan out training in the wilderness. He left Gohan alone to survive against
dinosaurs and other dangers for six months, though during this time he watched Gohan
carefully. The rest of the year, Piccolo showed no mercy as he taught Gohan how to fight.
Soon Gohan's bright and cheerful nature made Piccolo protective over the young boy.
When the time came for the Z Fighters to take on the remaining two Saiyans, Vegeta and
Nappa, Gohan was able to control his fear but at times his age caught up with him, and he
became frightened.

When Nappa fired a lethal energy blast at Gohan, Piccolo threw himself in front of
Gohan and took the impact. Gohan was deeply angered by Piccolo's death and in turn
fired a powerful Masenko at Nappa, which did some damage to his arm. Later on, after
Vegeta turns into a Great Ape and injures the resurrected Goku, Gohan himself
transforms into the Great Ape form, defeating Vegeta by landing on him after his tail is
cut off.

Gohan's hidden potential is unlocked by Guru.


Frieza Saga
Gohan chose to go to the Planet Namek to gather the Namekian Dragon Balls to bring
back his friends back to life, because Piccolo's death caused the Earth's Dragon Balls to
turn to stone. Gohan was on a personal mission to wish back Piccolo and went so far as to
wear a copy of Piccolo's dōgi to honor him.

Gohan rushes to Piccolo's side to protect him from Frieza.


During the Namek Saga, Gohan proved to be a great warrior who might be one day
stronger than his father. It is also where Gohan's untapped power is revealed again when
he gets angry. In the Z fighters battle against Frieza's second form, Krillin is injured by
the tyrant and is sent into the depths of the water below. Gohan rushes to save his friend
from drowning, but Frieza stops him. Getting angry, Gohan unleashes a massive wave of
Masenkos that brings Frieza to his knees.

When the Z Fighters on Namek are returned to Earth, Gohan and the others are shocked
after the Eternal Dragon Porunga refused the wish that Goku be brought back to life, but
everyone rejoiced once the Dragon explained that Goku did not die from Namek's
explosion. During this time of peace, everyone awaited the arrival of Goku, and Gohan
went back to his studies while Piccolo watched over him and his mother.

Garlic Jr. Saga


After Garlic Jr. escaped from the Dead Zone and enslaved most of humanity with the
Black Water Mist, Gohan, who was unaffected due to hiding in a cave, is forced to travel
to the lookout point to save his mother and friends, together with Krillin and Piccolo. He
had to do battle with Garlic Jr.'s henchmen, the Spice Boys, and after taking them down,
he had to face his friends: Krillin and Piccolo. Luckily it turned out that these two were
only pretending to be evil so they could free Kami and Mr. Popo. While outmatched at
first, after a reunion with his friends Gohan eventually manages to overcome and send
Garlic Jr. back to the Dead Zone by blowing up the Makyo Star that was powering the
villain. This would be the first time Gohan had saved the world without his father's help.

Cell Saga
At the age of seven, Gohan trained with Piccolo and Goku (who had recently returned to
Earth) for three years to fight Android 18 and Android 17, which Future Trunks had
warned them about. He spent a further year with his father in the Hyperbolic Time
Chamber where he spent some quality training time with his father whom he was rarely
with, spending a whole year in a day's time.

Gohan's first appearance as a Super Saiyan 2 after witnessing Android 16's death
At the chronological age of ten (biologically he was 11) he emerged from the room as a
Super Saiyan. To everyone's surprise, Goku forfeited the battle against Perfect Cell and
chose Gohan to take his place. It was revealed that Gohan had a special power locked up
inside him that manifested itself when his anger was pushed to the brink. Gohan did not
wish to see this power unleashed, much to Cell's chagrin. Believing he could unlock this
power, Cell began torturing Gohan, and eventually released seven Cell Jr.'s to kill the Z
Fighters.

Gohan delivers a devastating blow to Cell


When things started to get dangerous, Android 16 tried to help Gohan by telling him not
to be afraid of releasing his anger. Cell crushed the peace loving android's head, and
Gohan's emotions finally exploded: he became the first to transform into Super Saiyan 2.
He moved at incredible speed and destroyed all Cell Jr.'s, each in one hit without showing
mercy. He then fought with Cell, and easily defeated him as well, even when Perfect Cell
unleashed his full power upon him. Gohan refused to destroy Cell completely, instead
preferring to cause Cell pain. While Gohan was gloating, Semi-Perfect Cell began a Self
Destruction technique, planning to blow up the Earth. However, Goku used Instant
Transmission to transport Cell away from Earth, to King Kai's Planet, sacrificing himself
in the process.

Gohan destroying Cell after an epic Kamehameha duel.


Unfortunately, Cell survived the explosion, regenerating from a lone cell in his core.
Doing this effectively raised his power far higher, and he also learned Goku's
teleportation technique. Cell headed right back to earth to destroy Gohan and the
remaining Z Warriors. Cell killed Future Trunks with one blast, and nearly killed Vegeta,
though Gohan jumped in front of the blast Super Perfect Cell shot at Vegeta, it cost him
the use of his left arm.

Wanting to end the conflict, Cell prepared to destroy Gohan with a massive Kamehameha
wave. Gohan saw no hope. At that moment, Goku telepathically urged Gohan to fight
back once more, and to fire a Kamehameha to combat Cell's, which Gohan did. During
the duel between the two super powers, Cell had the upper hand. In the end however, Cell
was distracted by Vegeta when he fired an energy blast at him. Using this to his
advantage, Gohan poured his power into his Kamehameha wave, completely destroying
Cell. It should be noted that after this battle Gohan's strength had eclipsed even Goku's,
making him the strongest of the Z Fighters. However, due to Gohan's lack of training
during the following seven-year time skip, his power atrophied somewhat, and was again
surpassed by Goku who had been training in the Other World and Vegeta who devoted
the years to his training on Earth. It was not until his latent abilities were fully released,
that his power had reached astonishing new heights.
Gohan playing with his baby brother Goten
Buu Saga
Seven years after the events of the Cell Games, Gohan lives at home with his mother and
his seven year old brother named Goten. His training has taken a backseat to his studies,
and his strength has been surpassed by Vegeta and Goku. Chi-Chi decides Gohan needs
to attend high school to finish his education. On his first day, he turns Super Saiyan (in
order to conceal his identity) to stop a robbery, and by the time he arrives at Orange Star
High tales of the newest hero, "Gold Fighter", have already spread (which name was
actually given to him after two previous incidents while going to the school to take
entrance exams). In class he meets another crime-fighter and the most popular girl in
school, Videl. She is the daughter of Hercule, who got rich and famous for stealing
Gohan's credit over the defeat of Cell.

Gohan goes Super Saiyan after witnessing Spopovitch severely beating up Videl
Videl is highly suspicious of Gohan and spies on him to see if he's really the Gold
Fighter. Videl confronts Gohan several times to voice her suspicions but Gohan
nervously denies them. Gohan decides to use a disguise when fighting crime and goes to
Bulma to make him a costume. He becomes the Great Saiyaman to hide his identity so
that the media will not bother his family. But while trying to convince Videl to let him
return a stolen dinosaur to its two pterodactyl parents, he accidentally reveals his identity
to Videl, who then blackmails Gohan to compete against her in the newly revived World
Martial Arts Tournament in exchange for her silence. Gohan, having no experience with
kids his own age, especially girls, is helpless against the confident Videl. She also makes
him promise to teach her to fly.

When Gohan tells Bulma about the tournament, Goku, listening in from the Other World,
contacts them and tells them he'll compete too, using his one-day pass to the human
world. Hearing this, Vegeta also decides to compete. To make it more interesting, and to
give them a chance to meet Goku again, Gohan tells all his friends about the tournament,
and they all decide to compete. While Gohan trains with Goten, he is shocked to see
Goten transform into a Super Saiyan, breaking his record as the youngest Super Saiyan
ever.

When Videl shows up at Gohan's home to learn to fly, Gohan learns that she has no
knowledge of energy, since her father believes it to be just a trick. Gohan begins training
her from scratch, though she picks it up pretty quickly. During his training of Videl as
well as his brother Goten, Videl learns more about Gohan and grows closer to him. Goten
lets it slip that their dad is coming back from the dead to compete, but Videl brushes it
off, assuming that their father left them.

Gohan after his hidden potential is fully unlocked.


Once the tournament began, Gohan found himself set up to fight Kibito. In order for the
Supreme Kai and Kibito to find Babidi's ship, they're forced into tricking Gohan into
turning into a Super Saiyan 2. Spopovich and Yamu take Gohan's energy and leave for
Babidi's ship. Kibito heals Gohan and explains the situation. Gohan is later fought by
Dabura in stage three of Babidi's ship. Dabura, Babidi's strongest henchman and
bodyguard is on par with Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 power. But it is revealed by Goku and
Vegeta that Gohan had a lot more power when he faced Cell seven years earlier. Vegeta
becomes disgraced with Gohan's lack of motivation and expresses his frustration. Dabura
discovers Vegeta's inside evilness and stops the fight with Gohan to report his findings to
Babidi.

Picture of Gohan and Videl's wedding.


Later on, Majin Buu is resurrected by Babidi and Dabura. Gohan is beaten severely after
he tries to defend Supreme Kai. Kibito (Supreme Kai's bodyguard) finds Supreme Kai
and is told that Gohan is their only hope against Majin Buu. They bring Gohan to the the
Sacred World of the Kais and inform him that he must master the use of the Z Sword in
order to defeat Majin Buu. During his training with the blade, Gohan accidentally breaks
the sword, releasing Elder Kai whom had been sealed within the sword for millions of
years. Elder Kai tells Gohan that he can defeat Buu if he releases his potential power.
After a twenty hour ritual is performed, Gohan's latent power is released, granting him
incredible strength. He was able to easily fight Super Buu until Super Buu absorbed
Gotenks and Piccolo, becoming too much for Gohan to handle. With help (getting healed
by Dende and the timely arrival of Goku), Gohan was able to survive until Gotenks
defused inside Super Buu, but was then absorbed himself. He is later rescued from Buu
along with others by Vegeta and Goku causing Super Buu to change back to his original
form - Kid Buu. Gohan is later killed when Kid Buu destroys the earth. But he is revived
along with the earth and everyone else by Porunga. He then contributes a large part of his
energy to Goku's Spirit Bomb to put and end to Majin Buu for good. Ten years later,
Gohan has finally become a scholar, married Videl and has a child named Pan.

History of Trunks
Super Saiyan Future Gohan

In Future Trunks's original timeline, Goku has died from his viral heart disease. Android
17 and Android 18 have been awakened by Dr. Gero, and have turned Earth into their
playground. Piccolo, Vegeta, Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Yajirobe, and Gohan
team up to fight the Androids but they are no match for their powers. First to be killed is
Piccolo, dropped by a powerful kick to the gut from Android 18. Vegeta is the next
warrior to be killed, incinerated by a powerful blast of energy delivered by Android 17.
Android 17 follows by destroying Krillin, Yamcha, and Yajirobe with energy blasts
through the chest while Android 18 wipes out Tien and Chiaotzu the same way. Gohan
some how manages to escape from the deadly battle and becomes a Super Saiyan after
the death of his fallen friends. Future Gohan has grown up after thirteen years, and
continues to fight the androids to the best of his ability. It seems that Future Gohan is
equal if not stronger then Android 17 but he is unable to ever defeat the Androids
together (and because the Androids never run out of energy) so he's forced to retreat from
most of the battles. Future Trunks, wanting to help, asks Future Gohan to train him so he
too can join in the fight against the androids. Future Gohan takes Future Trunks under his
tutelage, hoping that as a Saiyan and the son of Vegeta, he will one day also be able to
become a Super Saiyan and a powerful ally in finally defeating the androids.

Gohan and Trunks battle the androids until Trunks' inexperience leads to him being at the
mercy of Android 18. In an effort to save Trunks, Gohan manages to buy enough time for
the two of them to hide, only to have the androids bomb the entire area, severing Gohan's
arm and severely injuring both him and Trunks. Luckily, Gohan gives Trunks the last
remaining senzu bean (senzu plant dies in this future) which saves Trunks' life. Trunks
brings Gohan back to his house were he heals.
Gohan continues to train with Trunks, desperately trying as best he can to help the young
warrior to ascend into Super Saiyan.

As the Androids attack another city near by, Gohan prepares to fight the androids telling
Trunks to stay behind. Trunks is shown desperately wanting to help and Gohan knows
that there is no way to talk Trunks out of it. He misleads Trunks into thinking he will
accept the help, then quickly knocks him out. In his mind Gohan knew he was going to
die but, knew his death would help the future and sets off to fight the Androids. Gohan
goes to fight the Androids as he tells them that someone stronger will take his place
(Trunks). Gohan takes on the Androids fighting with one arm he manages to hold his own
but, the Androids gang up on him in the rain and kill him with multiple ki-blasts. After
Trunks awakens, he finds Gohan's lifeless body destroyed by the Androids. Seeing his
closest friend and mentor lying lifeless on the ground, Trunks feels the unfairness and
anger of his friend's death which allows Trunks to become a Super Saiyan. Knowing that
his death would save the future, Gohan died a hero. '

Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

Gohan and Videl in GT.


Gohan battling Baby Goten
Ten years after Dragon Ball Z, Gohan now works for Bulma's company as a researcher
and, like Trunks, he rarely trains. He now is more concerned about being a good husband
and father. He is one of the first to learn about Goku's transformation back into a child
thanks to a wish made to the Black Star Dragon Balls by Emperor Pilaf. They all soon
learn that if the Black Star Dragon Ball aren't collected and brought back to Earth within
a year's time, the planet will explode.

Gohan, along with the help of Bulma and Videl, works on the spaceship used for Goku,
Trunks, and Goten (later replaced by daughter Pan) to go hunt the Black Star Dragon
Balls. Even though he had apparently stopped with his training, he was still far stronger
than most of his allies, including Trunks and Goten; he was arguably the closest to Goku
and Vegeta's league in strength.

Gohan possessed by Baby


Baby Saga
Gohan is later seen again visiting his mother and brother at Capsule Corp. with Videl.
They tell Chi-Chi that Goten got into a fight somewhere (with Baby) over at Satan City.
Goten returns shortly after, now under the control of Baby. Baby immediately realizes
that Gohan is stronger than Goten and could be a little more sufficient body to help him
infect Vegeta. Gohan also realizes something is not right with his brother. They two get
into a little fight and decide to settle at a remote location. Baby Goten immediately plays
the offensive against Gohan, trying to force him to power up (making it easier for him to
takeover Gohan's body). Gohan refuses to do so, realizing that if he uses enough energy,
he could hurt Goten. Baby Goten then powers up to full strength, cornering Gohan.
Having no other choice, Gohan powers up to a Super Saiyan 2. Baby then uses this
opportunity and easily takes over Gohan's body. Baby tries out Gohan's powers by
attacking Piccolo, also in the area.

Super 17 Saga
Gohan breaks down in tears after witnessing Piccolo's noble sacrifice in Earth's
explosion.
Gohan, along with the rest of the gang, fight the villains that escaped from Hell. He
mainly battles a revived General Rilldo, saving Pan and Hercule from him. He and
General Rilldo have an evenly matched fight before Rilldo unexpectedly uses his metal
ray to turn Gohan's right arm and left leg into metal. He is nearly killed, but was saved at
the last minute by Majuub.

He then battles (along with the Goten, Trunks, Vegeta, and Majuub) against Super 17,
even firing an incredible Kamehameha attack, which had no effect (Super 17 absorbed
it). He is the first to be knocked out, but is saved, along with the others by Goku.

Shadow Dragon Saga


Gohan, along with the rest, learn that thanks to the several wishes made to the Dragon
Balls over the years, haved caused enough negative energy to turn the balls evil, causing
seven powerful Shadow Dragons to emerge from them.

Pan and Goku are successful in hunting down and killing most of the dragons, but are no
match for the powerful Syn Shenron. Gohan (now wearing his father's trademark orange
gi), Trunks, and Goten come to the rescue and revive Goku's energy, while Majuub holds
off Syn Shenron. Shenron is, however, relentless at killing Goku, and tries his best to stop
the re-powering. He is even successful in landing Gohan a devastating blow. Syn's efforts
are in vain, though, as the three are able to restore Goku's energy.

Goku, now at full power, is more than enough to beat Syn Shenron, but things go for the
worse when Syn absorbs all seven Dragon Balls, and transforms into Omega Shenron.
Not even Goku is able to comprehend his power.
Gohan in the Shadow Dragon Saga.
The situation changes when Vegeta arrives and absorbed Blutz Waves from Bulma's new
machine, to help him achieve Super Saiyan 4. Gohan warns Bulma that if given to much,
he might lose control and became too powerful and uncontrollable (like Baby). However,
Vegeta is successfully able to achieve Super Saiyan 4. It's not enough to stop Omega
Shenron though, and Goku and Vegeta realize there's only one option: Fusion.

Gohan, Trunks, and Goten hold off Omega Shenron long for the Fusion to be success,
forming Gogeta.

Syn Shenron attacks Gohan.


Gogeta is far more powerful than Omega Shenron, but because he failed to take the fight
seriously, the fusion expires before he kills Omega Shenron. It now seems that all hope is
lost, but Goku attempts to form an ultimate Spirit Bomb. The rest hold battle Omega
Shenron, but all are defeated easily by him. They do however, hold out long enough for
Goku's attack to be complete and kill Omega Shenron, once and for all.
Dragon Ball movies

Gohan appears in the following Dragon Ball Movies and Specials:

 Dead Zone
 The World's Strongest
 The Tree of Might
 Lord Slug
 Cooler's Revenge
 Return of Cooler
 Super Android 13!
 Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
 Bojack Unbound
 Broly: Second Coming
 Fusion Reborn
 Wrath of the Dragon
 The History of Trunks
 Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
 Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

Great Ape

Gohan in his Great Ape transformation.


This transformation occurs when a person with Saiyan heritage (and with a tail) looks
directly at a full moon, or something that simulates its effects, such as Vegeta's Power
Ball. The result is the waves from the moon stimulating a gland in their tails, enabling an
unavoidable transformation. This is a complete transformation, so it completely affects
their mental state. But some Saiyans are able to control this primal mind through training.
Gohan only transforms into this state three times throughout the series, twice while he
was training with Piccolo, and one final time when fighting Vegeta. He also transforms
once in The Tree of Might.

Unlock Potential

Gohan uses his Unlock Potential enhancement.


This in truth is not a form of Gohan, but is simply an enhancement that he acquires
during the Namek Saga. This term is only used in the Budokai games. Gohan acquired
this when he visited Guru during his trip to Planet Namek. Guru placed his hand on top of
Gohan's head and using his own powers released Gohan's latent ki. This however did not
release all of Gohan's hidden power, since he was still only able to unleash his hidden
power through fierce rage. Gohan's abilities were enhanced along with the strength of his
hidden power, and as a side effect continuously grew alongside Krillin with each battle,
as stated by Vegeta. The first time that he receives this power-up roughly multiplies his
power tenfold, allowing him to access a power in around the mid-10,000s range, though
with the subsequent battles against Recoome and Frieza, he grows many times stronger.
During one bout of rage, he was even able to subdue Frieza's third form.

Super Saiyan

Super Saiyan Gohan


The Gohan most associated with the main time line of Dragon Ball became a Super
Saiyan at ten years of age (if including the time spent in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber),
during the intense training he endured with his father to help him ascend. However, it is
not exactly clear at what age and how he became a Super Saiyan in the alternate time line
(Future Trunks' Time Line). But it is suggested that he became a Super Saiyan after
seeing his friends killed by Android 17 and Android 18, due to his fierce hatred towards
them. Gohan is the fourth character in the series to appear as a Super Saiyan, and he was
also the youngest until the appearance of Goten and Trunks, who both access the state
effortlessly so long before their even turning seven years old, that they don't remember.

Full-Power Super Saiyan


Gohan as a Full-power Super Saiyan
Gohan is one of the first people to display full mastery over the Super Saiyan. Gohan had
learned to perfect the Super Saiyan form with his father, when his father suggested that
they remain transformed for extended periods of time so that they could master Super
Saiyan, including all the unwanted behavioral effects. This mastery of the Super Saiyan
enables full control over the energy output and consumption, completely diminishing
strain on the body. Gohan continues to use this form during the Buu Saga, particularly
when training with Goten.

Super Saiyan 2

Gohan as a Super Saiyan 2


Gohan was the first and the youngest character in the Dragon Ball series to reach Super
Saiyan 2. Of course this occurred when his dormant power was fully awakened through
his rage at Perfect Cell for hurting his friends and killing the peaceful Android 16 (though
it was revealed in a flashback by Goku that Gohan actually achieved the transformed
state while training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was too exhausted to maintain
the form). While in this form, Gohan's hair stands straight up with the exception of one
lock that hangs down. Additionally, his muscles increase a bit (even though it's
unnoticeable), and his aura surges with bio-electrical discharges around his body. One
thing is quite noticeable when he in particular manifests this transformation: his nature is
prone to complete change, giving him an almost sadistic sense of mind. This is
completely opposite of his natural reluctance and innocence when he is not transformed.
The most noted example of this happening is his desire to watch Perfect Cell suffer
before he was going to kill him; while prior to his Super Saiyan 2 transformation, he
made it quite clear that he didn't want to hurt or even fight Cell.

In addition to his battle with Cell, Gohan also used this form to defeat Bojack in Bojack
Unbound. Gohan also used this form to fight Broly in Broly: Second Coming, to stop a
Baby-possessed Goten from destroying the planet, to fight Vegeta when possesed by
Baby, and to fight Omega Shenron in Dragon Ball GT. Famously, he also used it during
the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament when Kibito asked him to demonstrate his
Super Saiyan powers so that they may lure out Babidi's men; he instead makes the full
jump to Super Saiyan 2, only to have Supreme Kai paralyze him so that his power may be
drained (and subsequently returned, by Kibito) as to lure out Spopovich and Yamu, and
lead them towards Babidi's Spaceship.He also fights Dabura and Fat Majin Buu in this
state, but loses to the latter and is nearly killed. He also pulls out the Z Sword when
transformed, becoming the first to ever do so. He does not use the state in the rest of the
Dragon Ball manga nor anime until Dragon Ball GT. From all of Gohan's Super Saiyan
forms, this is easily considered his most powerful form besides his Ultimate Gohan form,
which is not a Super Saiyan form, in this form he is capable of tearing his opponents to
pieces with a single blow he demonstrated this on the Cell Jrs. and Bojack's henchmen
Bido and Bujin. Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 can be differentiated as an adult in that his Super
Saiyan form has one large lock clinging from his head followed by a thin one as opposed
to his Super Saiyan 2 form which only has one large lock.

The Great Saiyaman

Gohan as the Great Saiyaman.


The Great Saiyaman is Gohan's alter ego and an attempt to hide his true identity from his
classmates when he attended school in Satan City. The Great Saiyaman was first born
when Gohan transformed himself into a Super Saiyan in order to disguise himself as he
fought some bank robbers on the morning on his first day to school. However, his
classmates (and in particular, Videl) began to note strange similarities between himself
and the mysterious "Gold Fighter" (as they described his Super Saiyan form). Concerned
that his identity might be figured out, but wanting to protect the city from random crime,
he approached Bulma and asked her if she could invent a device that could instantly
change his appearance. With his new costume ready and easily accessible with the press
of a button, he could now protect the city without his identity being easily discovered.

However, despite the new disguise and protection of his identity being discovered, the
Great Saiyaman identity still didn't ensure Gohan's identity from being safe. Juggling
between his school and superhero life proved to be difficult, and his classmates and
teachers noticed that he was gone for a long period of time when he asked for bathroom
breaks. Also, Videl proved to be a thorn in Gohan's side, as she was both reluctant to
accept assistance from him and most importantly wanted to discover his true identity. At
one time, the Great Saiyaman's true identity was in jeopardy of being discovered when he
changed from being the Great Saiyaman to his normal form and noticed that his fellow
classmate Angela was standing in front of him during his change; however, he was saved
when she revealed that she didn't have her contact lenses on at that time and couldn't see
anything- and that her big secret about Gohan was the fact that he wears teddy bear
underwear.

Gohan and Videl as the Great Saiyamen 1 and 2


Gohan's luck ran out when Videl eventually discovered his true identity when she noticed
that Gohan had a band-aid to cover up a scratch to the face he received while fighting
alongside with her under his disguise. However, she promised him that she would not
reveal his identity if he promised her two things: To enter in the World Martial Arts
Tournament and to teach her how to fly, to which he reluctantly agreed. During the
Tournament however, his friends learned of his true identity when they noticed the great
similarities between Gohan and the Great Saiyaman (Gohan forgot to put his bandanna
on after turning Super Saiyan in anger after seeing Videl's match with Spopovich).
Incidentally on the same day, he transformed into a Super Saiyan again at Kibito's behest,
confirming to both Videl and his friends that he was also the Gold Fighter as well. Videl
then realized that Gohan was the young boy who also competed in the Cell Games
tournament, and therefore questioned whether her dad really won the Cell Games
Tournament or not (even going so far as to realize that it was Gohan who defeated Super
Perfect Cell in the anime).

The name "Saiyaman" is a reference to his Saiyan heritage. He thought up the name on
the spot while confronting two youths who were speeding in a car, and was easily
offended when they laughed at his name. Later, the name was frequently mistaken for
others, such as the "Great Soyman" or the "Great Singing man", which further aggravated
Gohan. He was also noted for his comical poses (comparable to or even more ridiculous
than the poses of the Ginyu Force) he would perform when introducing himself, and was
generally written off as hilarious or weird. Nonetheless, he was still a respected hero
within Satan City. While in this disguise, Gohan can still use his energy-based
techniques, such as the Super Explosive Wave and Ki Blast.

Elder Kai's Unlock Ability

Gohan powering up to become Ultimate Gohan

Ultimate Gohan appearing as an image inside of Super Buu's mind


Gohan's ultimate power up when the full extent of his dormant power is released during
the Fusion Saga. This power up was achieved by a special ceremony performed by Elder
Kai. Although technically this ability is not exclusive to Gohan alone as the ceremony
can be used to unlock anyone's sleeping powers, his was unusual in the amount of time it
took to unlock due to his vast potential unlike any other. When the power is first
acquired, he is told to try to go Super Saiyan, however when Gohan attempts to transform
into a Super Saiyan, his hair, aura, and eyes stay his natural color. Only subtle changes in
his appearance occur, including more glaring and pronounced facial features and more
upright hair. This power up is referred to as "Elder Kai Unlock Ability" in the Budokai
series of video games and "Ultimate Gohan" in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. This form
was nicknamed "Mystic Gohan" by fans, the term "Chou Gohan" being less common. In
this form, Gohan's strength easily surpasses all of his other forms. Gohan shows a great
amount of power, even being able to match Majin Buu after Gotenks and Piccolo were
absorbed blow for blow, but was outmatched after Buu used Piccolo's wisdom to play
mind tricks against him.

In the original manga, it was shown that in this form, Gohan has surpassed both Goku
and Gotenks in their Super Saiyan 3 states. This implication is proved greatly in the
English Gohan proved Super Buu was no match for him. Gotenks could not even defeat
that form of buu. Perhaps the most notable is that Ultimate Gohan completely dominated
Super Buu until their fight was interrupted by his self-destruction. Later, when Buu had
returned to this same form (after being severed from the other Z Fighters he had absorbed
in the interim) Goku was still thoroughly convinced that if he and Vegeta fought Buu
without fusing, they would be defeated easily in that form. Through these facts, Ultimate
Gohan is often regarded as Dragon Ball Z's most powerful fighter not to be created by
fusion or absorption. In Wrath of the Dragon, Gohan is shown "powering up" into his
ultimate state on several occasions; he is the only partial Saiyan to not use his Super
Saiyan transformation in the movie. This movie was also the last time Gohan used this
transformation. It is unknown whether Gohan eventually would have been able to access
his Super Saiyan form while in this state, though Gohan was instructed to "do that Super
Saiyan thing" to access his new transformation, suggesting that it may have replaced the
Super Saiyan forms.
Trivia
 As a baby, Gohan was originally intended to be named Einstein by Chi-Chi.
Alternatively, some of Ox King's name suggestions included Ox King Jr., Ox
Monkey, Big Ox, Oxford, Ox in the Box, Ox Man and Johnny Oxseed.[2]
 Gohan's tail is cut off three times in the anime (twice by Piccolo and once by
Vegeta) before it stops growing back. Piccolo removing it for the second time (along
with the transformation that accompanied it) was anime-only filler.
 Consecutively, Gohan has stayed transformed the longest as a Super Saiyan/Super
Saiyan 2, clocking up a total of 29 episodes.
 Gohan has surpassed Goku on three different occasions: the first was when his
power jumped during the battle with Raditz, the second was transforming into a Super
Saiyan 2 to defeat Cell, and the third time was after having his hidden powers fully
awakened which he used to dominate Super Buu.
 His Ultimate Gohan form puts him at a level above a Super Saiyan 3 since he
could easily toy with Super Buu, an opponent that Gotenks was roughly even with,
and who Goku claimed he and Vegeta were no match for.
 It is unclear what happens to Gohan's Kai abilities in the GT saga, but it is most
likely another of GT's plot holes.
 Gohan's fight with Super Buu (before he absorbed Gotenks and Piccolo) was very
similar to his fight against Perfect Cell (after he became a Super Saiyan 2), seven
years prior. He was far more powerful than both of them with their strongest attacks
having no effect against him, he also wanted to torture both before killing them
(which in doing so made things worse), both (ironically) attempted to self-destruct
themselves, and both came back much stronger to challenge Gohan again.
 Gohan is the first (non-fused) Saiyan to fight against the main villain as a non-
Super Saiyan since Goku fought against Frieza (before the Super Saiyan form was
discovered) approximately 11 years prior.
 There is a discrepancy regarding Gohan's age between the manga and anime. The
manga states that he is 16 after the seven-year gap following the Cell Games, while
the anime's continuity indicates that he is 17 (chronologically) or 18 (biologically).
 Gohan seems to have some skills with a sword. This has been since twice: During
Piccolo's training after he had transformed into a Great Ape, and during the Majin
Buu Saga, when he handled the Z Sword.

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